History Main / ExpectationLowerer

7th Aug '16 1:43:50 PM MarkLungo
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A character that exists to provide a flattering contrast to the audience by being worse than the audience in some specific respect.

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A character that who exists to provide a flattering contrast to the audience by being worse than the audience in some specific respect.



Arguably an ExpectationLowerer is an {{Inversion}} of EscapistCharacter; Escapist Characters allow you to feel good by giving you an AudienceSurrogate that you can experience awesomeness through. An Expectation Lowerer makes you feel good in the exact opposite way; you ''cannot'' identify with this character and this character, in at least one respect, is worse than you.

Not to be confused with ThisLoserIsYou; where a [[AudienceSurrogate character you identify with]] is the character that sucks. ThisLoserIsYou basically flings the audience's faults back into their face whereas an ExpectationLowerer allows them to distance themselves from their faults.

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Arguably an ExpectationLowerer Expectation Lowerer is an {{Inversion}} of EscapistCharacter; Escapist Characters allow you to feel good by giving you an AudienceSurrogate that you can experience awesomeness through. An Expectation Lowerer makes you feel good in the exact opposite way; you ''cannot'' identify with this character and this character, in at least one respect, is worse than you.

Not to be confused with ThisLoserIsYou; where a [[AudienceSurrogate character you identify with]] is the character that sucks. ThisLoserIsYou basically flings the audience's faults back into their face whereas an ExpectationLowerer Expectation Lowerer allows them to distance themselves from their faults.



* St Thomas Aquinas believed that the righteous in Heaven will be able to observe the torments of the wicked in Hell; [[ComedicSociopathy the better to enjoy their blessedness]]. This is probably the harshest demonstration of the second kind of ExpectationLowerer, with gloating and Schadenfreude [[RecycledInSPACE on a celestial level]].

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* St Thomas Aquinas believed that the righteous in Heaven {{Heaven}} will be able to observe the torments of the wicked in Hell; {{Hell}}; [[ComedicSociopathy the better to enjoy their blessedness]]. This is probably the harshest demonstration of the second kind of ExpectationLowerer, Expectation Lowerer, with gloating and Schadenfreude [[RecycledInSPACE on a celestial level]].



* Every single guest on ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'', and the UK equivalent Jeremy Kyle.

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* Every single guest on ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'', ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'', and the UK equivalent Jeremy Kyle.



* All of the main characters in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.

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* All of the main characters in of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.



* This, mixed with BileFascination, drives sites like Encyclopedia Dramatica and People of Walmart (among many, many others).

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* This, mixed with BileFascination, drives sites like Encyclopedia Dramatica and People of Walmart UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} (among many, many others).



* [[TheAlcoholic Barney Gumble]] from ''TheSimpsons'', is meant to be even more of a StrawLoser than Homer is. Subverted in that Barney makes an effort to get clean and sober (although he does fall OffTheWagon every now and again.) He's been OutOfFocus in more recent seasons, because with his recovery efforts, he does not fulfill his ExpectationLowerer role anymore.

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* [[TheAlcoholic Barney Gumble]] from ''TheSimpsons'', ''Franchise/TheSimpsons'', is meant to be even more of a StrawLoser than Homer is. Subverted in that Barney makes an effort to get clean and sober (although he does fall OffTheWagon every now and again.) He's been OutOfFocus in more recent seasons, because with his recovery efforts, he does not fulfill his ExpectationLowerer Expectation Lowerer role anymore.
7th Feb '16 7:13:14 PM nombretomado
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* All of the main characters in ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.

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* All of the main characters in ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.
9th Jan '16 7:18:44 PM nombretomado
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* Carl of ''AquaTeenHungerForce''. Fat, balding, ugly, hairy, a slob, a perverted sleezeball, and beyond.
* ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' is not the brightest bulb in the circuit by any means, but compared to [[StrawLoser Patrick]], he looks like a genius.

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* Carl of ''AquaTeenHungerForce''.''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. Fat, balding, ugly, hairy, a slob, a perverted sleezeball, and beyond.
* ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is not the brightest bulb in the circuit by any means, but compared to [[StrawLoser Patrick]], he looks like a genius.
6th Jul '15 2:29:24 AM HowlingSnail
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* St Thomas Aquinas believed that the righteous in Heaven will be able to observe the torments of the wicked in Hell; [[ComedicSociopathy the better to enjoy their blessedness]]. This is probably the harshest demonstration of the second kind of ExpectationLowerer, with gloating and schadenfreude [[RecycledInSPACE on a celestial level]].

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* St Thomas Aquinas believed that the righteous in Heaven will be able to observe the torments of the wicked in Hell; [[ComedicSociopathy the better to enjoy their blessedness]]. This is probably the harshest demonstration of the second kind of ExpectationLowerer, with gloating and schadenfreude Schadenfreude [[RecycledInSPACE on a celestial level]].
2nd Jul '15 12:11:20 AM M84
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* According to Scott Adams, this was the reason he ended the relationship between ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} and Liz. He kept getting e-mails stating essentially "Dilbert shouldn't get lucky before I do."
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1st Jun '15 3:38:20 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* Every single guest on ''JerrySpringer'', and the UK equivalent Jeremy Kyle.

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* Every single guest on ''JerrySpringer'', ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'', and the UK equivalent Jeremy Kyle.
1st May '15 5:43:18 AM ading
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* Richard Watterson on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' seems to have the sole purpose of saying and doing things so stupid even LoserProtagonist Gumball sees how dumb they are. Notably, Richard, unlike Gumball, is ''such'' an idiotic loser that [[TheFool things often actually work around to his advantage precisely because of the fact that no one expects anything of him]], so in a way, by making Gumball (and by extension [[ThisLoserIsYou the audience]]) seem like less of a loser, he makes Gumball look like more of a loser
28th Mar '15 10:29:02 PM WillBGood
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Compare-Contrast the MarySue; a character who (like the ExpectationLowerer) the audience does ''not'' identify with, but due to the character's ''strengths'' rather than ''weaknesses''.

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Compare-Contrast Compare/Contrast the MarySue; MarySue, a character who (like the ExpectationLowerer) the audience does ''not'' identify with, but due to the character's ''strengths'' rather than ''weaknesses''.
16th Mar '15 3:10:46 AM Gowan
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* This is the reason for BumblingDad and all other negative portrayals of men on TV; it is not that feminists have taken over TV, it's that the male audience want to see someone who is more pathetic than they are. And, for example, worse at parenting. (Though arguably the BumblingDad could be indirectly caused by feminists exerting pressure on men to become better fathers, and the men wanting reassurance that they already ''are'' being good fathers in comparison to that loser on TV)
10th Mar '15 10:41:01 AM Arachnos
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* The ''Scumbags of the Internet'' section on ''WebVideo/ADoseOfBuckley'' gives us the following catchphrase, which all but invokes this trope:
-->''"So thanks to today's Scumbag of the Internet, [insert name or nickname here], for making us all feel better by knowing no matter what we do in life, we'll always be better than he/she/they is/are."''
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